"What would be an explorer, a pirate or a rebel without a hat?," asks Apostolos Mitsios, who interviewed California-based milliner Nick Fouquet for HGIssue VI, themed around music. But what's Fouquet, who makes bespoke hats, got anything to do with music?

Not only is music one of Fouquet's main inspirations (which may or may not be easily guessed from his resemblance to Kurt Cobain), he's responsible for Madonna and Pharrell's headwear donned at this past Grammy Awards. Besides VIP clientele like the aforementioned two, Fouquet regularly crafts bespoke hats for the likes of those who favor "$700 beaver fur felt hats." But, says the hat maker, "I am exploring other ways to provide my service to all audiences."

The French-American designer fell in love with hats at age 14, when his stepmother gifted him one from historic Parisian accessories brand Motsch, which was later acquired by Hermès. Until this day, Fouquet is so passionate about hats that it's what he's making his living out of, after a stint in modeling.

Head over to HGIssue to read Mitsios' full interview with Fouquet, in which they discuss the difference in attitudes of French and American men toward hats and much more. And, if you missed it, be sure to see Fouquet's short and sweet hat-making film below.

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